Carolyn McLean Architect

Building a Space of Innovation

We are a small design practice with big ideas. Our focus is on developing a client’s initial vision into a exciting architectural design solutions. We are committed to sustainable design and continually learning and growing our knowledge as technologies change. CM Architects has signed up to ‘Architects declare’ which is a collective of Australian Architects supporting a commitment to reducing carbon emissions in the building and construction industry.

CM Architects are working towards becoming a carbon neutral company by the end of 2020 and offsetting the emissions that we can’t eliminate through supporting renewable energy projects. More information about ‘Architects declare’ can be found at the following link:

We specialise in

  • multi-residential developments
  • hotel design + renovation
  • retail architecture + interior fitout
  • individual house design
  • sustainable design towards zero carbon
  • affordable, adaptable + seniors living housing

In apartment developments the one-bedroom apartments are generally the poor cousins, the corner apartments are usually two-bedroom apartments, while the one-bedroom apartments are in the centre, and miss out on natural ventilation. I am interested in working with developers and clients to change that and develop a different product for the one bedders and smaller spaces, and to work with developers on apartments which are more sub-tropical in nature.

Our team
Director and design Architect

Carolyn McLean

Carolyn McLean believes in the power of great ideas to create meaningful architecture.

She has been passionate about design since her early teens and has been living the dream as an architect working closely with like minded clients to create residential and commercial projects that improve peoples’ living environments and working spaces.

Essentially we are about improving people’s lives through great design.

After completing many years with large corporate design firms globally and in Australia, in 2013 Carolyn created CM Architects in to provide a more client focused service. Carolyn brings more than 28 years of Architectural experience and loves to continue to work on very small and large projects whenever there is the right client -architect connection and like minded goals for a project.

Designs are based on strong initial concepts and a vision for the project based on a site specific climatic response We then integrate global design research on new materials and technology, and provide our insight on the best creative and practical solution for each project.

Carolyn enjoys the engagement with clients and is very hands on and involved in every project.

Associate and Graduate of Architecture

Oliver Kennedy

Oliver Kennedy has been with CM Architects five years and has been instrumental in the growth of the company and in many highprofile projects including the Nadi International Airport redevelopment, Narangba Family Medical Centre and a range of high end residential projects.

Oliver brings a youthful and considered creativity to the design process and challenges more standard ideas in favour of creating an aesthetic to excite and delight.

Graduate of Architecture

Alec Palmer

Alec Palmer has been with CM Architects over a three year period in between Overseas travel and has been a key designer in many high profile projects including the Hilton Fiji Resort and Spa masterplan and a range of residential projects.

Alec also has excellent graphic art skills and integrates these well in retail and commercial projects.

Architectural Student

Maggie Pinn

Maggie has recently joined our team and is providing an energy and creative focus to all of the projects that she gets involved with. She is focusing on residential projects currently including the interior detailing as well as research into sustainable materials, carbon footprint and embodied energy of materials.


We collaborate with a wider team of international Architects and interior designers on selected projects.



Phillip Blake – Fiji & Australia

Phillip Blake has had more that 40 years’ experience in architectural project deliver. His design and problem solving skills have been instrumental in large complex projects with Global firm Woods Bagot before collaborating with CM Architects on projects such as the Nadi International Airport redevelopment, FPSA mixed use project in Nadi, Fiji.

Phil’s problem solving is legendary and he provides insightful reviews during the design stages that lead to more practical and cost effective solutions for our clients.

C Creative -Freelance Interior Designer -Lisa Philp- Fiji

Lisa Philp is a talented interior designer who runs her own design Studio in Fiji.  She has collaborated with CM Architects on the Nadi International Airport redevelopment project and provides insight into the most appropriate designs and materials for tropical interiors

S4 Sustainable Design Solutions- Sundaresan Krishnan and team – India

S4 is led by Sundaresan Krishan out of his architectural and engineering studio in India. Sundaresan and Carolyn have had a long history of working together after their first project, the Kalbooh Bay Mariott Hotel in Oman in 2007.

S4 studio provides architectural documentation support to CM Architects and allows our studio to scale up quickly to work on larger and more complex projects with a team who have the experience and knowledge to provide comprehensive documentation and when required, BIM modelling.

S4 is committed to sustainable design principles and integrates these through passive and active design solutions in our joint projects.